Swindon Town Football Club have teamed up with Culvery Court, a local homelessness service, to donate leftover food on matchdays to those in need across the local community.
The initiative has been setup to combat any potential wastage of hot sausage rolls, pasties, chocolate, crisps and drinks that go unsold at the County Ground, and more importantly, give them to those without a home or the means to feed themselves.
Sanctuary Supported Living’s Culvery Court, situated on Harding Street, is a shared house consisting of 20 bedrooms, providing short-term support in a safe and secure environment for homeless adults aged 18 to 65.
As well as housing them temporarily, they also support them to develop skills so they can live more independently and integrate themselves back into the local community.
Town Chief Executive, Rob Angus, added: “This partnership came about courtesy of Swindon fan and sponsor Dean McMackin, who contacted us to see whether we could do anything to support the local homeless community.
“Having brought our kiosk offering inhouse back in the summer, it means we can donate any wastage we have on a matchday, and Dean very kindly collects and delivers it to Tina to help those less fortunate.
“We’re extremely proud of the ongoing work we are doing across Swindon, and honoured to be a helping so many in the local area.”
Tina Milburn is Local Service Manager at Sanctuary Supported Living who run Culvery Court. She said: “This has made a huge difference to local people who are struggling in life, without access to some of the most basic necessities we all take for granted.
“Here at Culvery Court, we have kitchens for residents to use and teach them basic cooking skills, but sometimes having access to food on the go and something they don’t need to prepare is really useful.
“Not only do we give the food to those staying with us, but we also hand it out to homeless people who often visit us to see if we can spare anything, so this is scheme is helping so many.”